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Cram: Radcliffe a 'huge attraction' to Worcester City 10k

Steve Cram says Paula Radcliffe is a "huge attraction" to the Worcester City 10k.

It was announced today that Radcliffe will be competing in the September race, which will be delivered by Cram's Events of the North company.

To have Paula run is a huge attraction and we hope her appearance will give an added incentive to those who have not signed up yet to make sure they do.

It promises to be a fantastic day whether your goal is to race against the clock, to beat your mates or just to finish the course, and I’d urge anyone who is unsure to go for it, sign-up and experience what will be a tremendous atmosphere.

– Steve Cram

Radcliffe 'really looking forward to' Worcester City 10k

Paula Radcliffe, the current women’s road 10k world-record holder, says she is "really looking forward" to competing in the Worcester City 10k.

It was announced this morning that Radcliffe, who is also women's marathon world record holder, will be competing in the September event.

The race will be the first time that Radcliffe has run competitively since the Vienna half marathon in 2012, as the 40-year-old builds to a final swansong to her glittering career at next year’s London Marathon.

I'm really looking forward to running in Worcester. My goal is to run the London Marathon next year and the Worcester City 10k will give me a great chance to see how my fitness is developing.

Steve Cram has told me it's a very scenic route and these days I'm always happy to be sharing the course with so many others. I hope to make it a real family day out as my daughter Isla is keen to take part in the junior event too.

– Paula Radcliffe

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Paula Radclife to run in Worcester City 10k

Paula Radcliffe holds the women's marathon world record Credit: PA

Current women’s road 10k world-record holder and iconic Great Britain athlete Paula Radcliffe will run the Worcester City 10k on 21st September, it has been announced.

The World, European and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, who also holds the current women’s marathon world-record, will lead out a field of professional and amateur runners from Worcester City racecourse around a "unique and picturesque route" through the city.

The race will be the first time that Radcliffe has run competitively since the Vienna half marathon in 2012, with the 40-year-old athlete undergoing surgery on her foot following her appearance in Austria.

She is planning a final swansong to her glittering career at next year’s London Marathon and will use the Worcester event to ease herself back in to racing.

The 10k race will run alongside a 50k run-bike-run event, while the Worcester City Young Athletes Run will also take place on the day; over a one-mile distance for those under the age of 11 and 3k for those athletes aged between 11 and 15.

The event, which was set-up by British athletics legend Steve Cram in order to harness the spirit of London 2012, is the first in a series that Cram hopes to roll out across some of the UK’s most picturesque and historical cities.

Paula Radcliffe: I've cried more tears than ever

In a statement today, former Loughborough athlete Paula Radcliffe has expressed her profound disappointment at not being able to take part in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

"It is hard to know that had the Olympics been six weeks earlier I could have gone out there and run confidently knowing that I was in the best shape I had been in for a while, but I am by no means the first to experience something like this.

"No-one tells us in advance where the limits of our own bodies lie, and pushing these limits is the only way we can ever achieve our highest goals and dreams.

"However hard today is, finally closing the door on that dream, at least I can know that I truly have tried absolutely everything.

"As desperate as I was to be part of the amazing experience of the London Olympics, I don't want to be there below my best. If I can't be there and give it my best, then I would rather someone else who can do that is able to be there.

"I have been through the mill emotionally and physically the past three weeks, cried more tears than ever, vented more frustration and at the same time calmly tried every direction and avenue available to heal myself.

"Now is the time to rest totally, give my body chance to recover and assess calmly what can be done and where I go from here."

– Paula Radcliffe
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Radcliffe ruled out of Olympics

Former Loughborough athlete Paula Radcliffe has had her Olympic plans shattered, as the marathon runner is forced to pull out of the Games due to injury.

The 38 year old world-record holder has been nursing an injured foot, which has not healed in time for the Games.

"Radcliffe has been suffering with a foot problem and after a fitness test on Sunday it was concluded that she would not be able to race competitively to the best of her abilities."

– Statement by UK Athletics
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British Olympic official confirms that Radcliffe is on the running team

Following Paula Radcliffe's hit back at newspaper speculation that she's 'ruled out' of the Olympic Games, the CEO of the British Olympic Association, Andy Hunt, confirms she's on the team.

Former Loughborough athlete Radcliffe is reportedly struggling with a foot problem, which had casted doubts over her ability to compete in the Olympic marathon in London.

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British Olympic official confirms that Radcliffe is on the team

Following Paula Radcliffe's hit back at newspaper speculation that she's 'ruled out' of the Olympic Games, the CEO of the British Olympic Association, Andy Hunt, confirms she's on the team.

Loughborough-based Radcliffe is reportedly struggling with a foot problem, which had casted doubts over whether she'd be able to compete in the Olympic marathon in London.

Paula Radcliffe hits out at reports she's ruled out of 2012 Games

Former Loughborough athlete Paula Radcliffe has hit out at newspaper reports that she has been "ruled out" of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Radcliffe is reportedly struggling with a foot problem, which has casted doubts over whether she will compete in the marathon in London.

The Mail on Sunday has reported Radcliffe "will be forced to make the heartbreaking decision this week to withdraw from the London Olympics", prompting the athlete to tweet the following:

UK Athletics says the world record holder remains a part of the Great Britain team.

A UKA spokesperson said: "Paula is still in the team. No decision has been taken and we are continuing to monitor and assess the situation."

Radcliffe beaten by Gebrselassie in Vienna run

Paula Radcliffe was beaten by Haile Gebrselassie in a half-marathon in Vienna today Credit: ITV Central

Ethiopian athlete Haile Gebrselassie beat Loughborough’s Paula Radcliffe in a half-marathon challenge at the Vienna city marathon today.

38-year-old Radcliffe, who had started with a 7min 52sec lead on Gebrselassie finished in 1hr 12:03 – almost 12 minutes after the two-time 10,000m Olympic gold medallist. Radcliffe’s best half-marathon time is 1:06:47.

She blamed a recent illness for what she saw as a poor result.

"It didn't go well for me, I already didn't feel well after the sixth or seventh kilometre but... I really wanted to finish, even though it wasn't such a good time," she said in German, which she studied at university.

"I hoped Haile would overtake me in the 20th, or the 19th kilometre but it was earlier than that. I'm sorry I couldn't give more today."

Radcliffe said she was still on antibiotics after a bout of bronchitis in recent weeks, "but that should maybe take off one minute, not two or three."

Close to 36,000 runners from over 110 nations took part in the Vienna race this year, according to organisers.